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Christopher Szabo

Digital Journalist based in Pretoria, South Africa. Joined on Mar 19, 2009
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Hungarian politician warns of relativising Communist crimes

Budapest - A senior Hungarian politician has criticised the West for relativising the crimes committed by Communist regimes during Hungary’s Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Communism.

Hungary to launch memorial year for Gulag victims

Hungarian Minister for Human Resources, Zoltán Balog, has announced the start of a year of remembrance for the victims of the Soviet mass deportations to the Gulag in 1944 and 1945.

South Africa salutes its military Special

Potchefstroom - The 2015 edition of Armed Forces Day, the third in a row of the current series has been held in the city of Potchefstroom in the North West Province, 115 kilometres (72 miles) southwest of Johannesburg.

Op-Ed: Have we forgotten the ‘other’ Cuban five?

Havana - In the midst of rejoicing at the re-opening of ties between the US and Cuba, the US has not demanded minimum standards of human rights from the Communist state, and the case of five men languishing in jail is forgotten my the mainstream media.

Does this mystery tomb contain Alexander the Great’s mother?

The discovery of five skeletons in a vast tomb near Thessaloniki, Greece, has scholars debating whether the 60-odd-year-old female skeleton is that of Alexander the Great’s mother, Olympias.

Oldest Gospel fragment discovered in mummy mask

Cairo - Possibly the earliest known fragment of the New Testament, a papyrus with words from the Gospel of Saint Mark, has been discovered in a lower-class Egyptian mummy’s burial mask, dating from the First century, about 80-90 A.D.

Mongolia’s 'Sutton Hoo' threatened by Canadian mine

Ulan Bator - A bid by a Canadian gold mining company to strip-mine part of northern Mongolia’s protected Noyon Mountain Forest which includes the country’s cultural equivalent to England’s Sutton Hoo site or Egypt’s pyramids is causing outrage in the country.

New hi-tech piano demonstrated in Hungary

Budapest - A new so-called “Wonder Piano” has been unveiled by its inventor in Budapest, Hungary and is claimed to be the next step in piano design, using carbon composite technology instead of wood for its soundboard.

Hungary to resume gas supply to Ukraine

Budapest - Hungary is to resume supplies of natural gas to Ukraine following the suspension of deliveries in September as demand in the country is not as high as was expected.

Op-Ed: Assaults on Hungarian journalists hushed up – why?

Budapest - In the widespread coverage given to demonstrations against an unpopular tax in Hungary, one thing is missing; the assaults by demonstrators on at least three TV crews covering the demonstrations.

Missing Mozart sonata discovered by accident

Budapest - A Hungarian scholar has accidentally come across an original score by Mozart which had been thought lost since the maestro wrote it in the 18th Century.

Boy finds ancient Chinese sword in river

Shanghai - An ancient sword has accidentally been discovered by an 11-year-old boy playing in a river in China’s eastern Jiangsu Province.

Nazism joined Communism 75 years ago and we still pay the price

Uzhorod - 75 years ago, my Uncle Elemér was condemned to death when Germany’s Adolf Hitler and Russia’s Josef Stalin became allies in a pact that would directly lead to the Second World War and many other horrors.

Rubik, Kertész receive top Hungarian honour

Budapest - Nobel Prize-winning author Imre Kertész and world-famous inventor Ernő Rubik have received Hungary’s highest state order, the Order of Saint Stephen.

Ancient Viking sword to go under the hammer

London - A very rare Viking sword from the 11th Century that could have been at both the Battle of Stamford Bridge and at Bannockburn is to go on auction at Christie’s in London.

Holocaust hero finally gets his due in Hungary

Budapest - A soldier whose actions saved some 200,000 Hungarian Jews has finally been recognised in Hungary, 70 years after the event.

Dalai Lama concerned about all global issues Special

Pretoria - The Office of Tibet in South Africa has celebrated the birthday of the country’s spiritual leader, Tenzin Gyatso, better known as the 14th Dalai Lama, as well as introducing the new Representative, Nangsa Chodon.

Controversy reigns over South African presidential inauguration Special

Pretoria - South Africa has witnessed its fifth presidential inauguration since the advent of democracy in the country with President Jacob Zuma being re-instated as president for a second term.

UN forces repel rebel attack Special

Goma - A rebel group has attacked the United Nations’ Force Intervention Brigade (FIB) in the Democratic Republic of Congo, injuring three South African soldiers, one badly and triggering a counter-strike.

Key trial of alleged Hungarian Communist war criminal opens

Budapest - The first-ever top-ranking former Communist official to be charged has appeared in a Budapest court charged with war crimes relating to the shootings of dozens of civilians in the aftermath of the failed Hungarian Revolution of 1956.
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